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NAME Newbie Club and Web Site
This is for all you NAME rookies/newbies out there:
Are you new to NAME? Are you looking for a group of other “Newbies” like yourself? Looking for a club but can’t find one in your area? Not sure how to get started on a project? Then join the “Newbies of NAME” club. We are a newly chartered club of NAME.
This club has been formed to bring the new members of NAME together to help our new members get started, learn techniques, meet each other, learn where to find information about miniatures of all kinds, and to learn about NAME. This is a fun new club that will help you through your early years as a NAME member. You can post pictures of your projects, ask questions, find tips, share ideas, learn to look at an item you find in your home and create a miniature out of it, think outside the box, learn about different genres of miniatures, and meet other Newbies by joining this club.
Join the club by visiting our website at http://www.namenewbieclubhouse.com/ or
Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/878079088871249/
Also, visit our blog page at http://newbiesofname.blogspot.com/
Join the clubs Pinterest page at page www.Pinterest.com/newbiesofNAME
You will receive a monthly virtual newsletter, have access to Youtube how-to video’s, participate in virtual workshops for members of all ages (including the youth members), receive project ideas, help you get involved in NAME events, and share in all the fun. We hope to plan a “Newbie” event as early as next year.
We are also looking for Mentors for our Newbies. Are you willing to share your ideas, your knowledge, your love of NAME, and minis. Please apply to be a Mentor on our website as well at http://www.namenewbieclubhouse.com/
National Dollhouse Month is in October and we have some fun things planned and hope you join us! If you have questions please email us at email@example.com .
Online Auctions - Are Now Here and In Progress!
Over the past year, NAME has been holding Online Auctions to disburse some of the many donations we have received through our Estate Donation Program. After numerous auctions, the auctions have raised thousands of dollars and put a number of artisan, vintage and collectable miniatures back into the hands of loving miniaturists.
The auctions are an integral part of our Estate Donation program and not only save many treasures but also afford collectors an opportunity to find many items, long out of production or by artisans no longer producing. Our member response has been overwhelming and there have been many bargains to be had. Several signed artisan pieces have sold for a fraction of their retail value. Because of the overwhelming success of the auctions, they have become a regular feature and will be held on a regular basis here on our website.
Membership in NAME is no longer a requirement to participate. All you have to do to get started is click on the Auctions link and register, then you can start bidding. You also have many options for making payments, such as: PayPal, authorize.net (CC's), check, money order, or call the NAME office with your CC info. Many auctions are already in progress, and will be continuous as long as we still have estate merchandise to sell. You can also buy souvenirs from previous conventions and houseparties with the "buy it now" option for those items. NAME logo merchandise is additionally available.
One of the newest features of our new website is the Member’s Gallery. This is an opportunity for our members to advertise their minis for sale to other members and the general public as well. They do not even have to be items for sale, you can also use this for your personal “show and tell” showcase. We would love to see what all people have made over the years!
The idea is that anyone who wants to be in the Gallery may do so for a nominal monthly fee of $15 for 3 months, or $25 for 6 months. For the fee you will get a business card size ad, which may include information or a picture of your items for sale, and your contact information. You may link to your website of you have one. You do not have to be a full scale retailer, or have a store front or online store. You may specialize in only one item, if you prefer; the choice is yours. This is an exceptional opportunity to reach out to hundreds of potential buyers – or just plain show-off your pride and joy.
Newsletters, Newsletters, Newsletters!!
By Kim Wood, NAME Board of Trustees, Media Liaison
Where do you get your inspiration and ideas for your miniature fun? A variety of places, that is for sure. One place I love to lurk is in our regional newsletters. And I don’t just mean my own A3 region.
Did you know that other regional newsletters are not a highly guarded, top-secret publication? Anyone can look at and read them. They are a great way to share information about happenings in the region, but are also wonderful sources for tips and how to’s about our hobby. I have found information about special days or weekends taking place in a state right next door, but out of my region, that I would not have known about had I not stalked, ummmm, I mean looked at others’ newsletters. And it doesn’t just have to be a regional newsletter. Does your club put out a newsletter? Very interesting things are often shared there, too.
So, how do you get your hands on this wonderful wealth of information, you ask? Well, we are trying to make it easier for everyone by placing the information on the NAME website. If you are an editor of your region’s newsletter, or if your club produces one, please include our webmaster on your distribution list. The newsletters need to be sent as a Word doc or a PDF file; they will be posted only as PDF files. The webmaster will then make all newsletters easily accessible to the entire membership by just a few clicks of the mouse. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and this is being addressed by Tom Walden, our Board Technology Liaison, and/or Dan Stewart, NAME Webmaster. How simple is that? What an easy way to share so much fun. Remember, only through sharing can we really enjoy our treasures.
Edit -- 8-20-2014
The first regional newsletter has been posted to the website! You can read E-3s regional newsletter here.
Front row: Luci Hanson, President; Colleen Walker, Conv/HP/RC Liaison; Thuy Means, Special Events Coordinator; Marti Icenogle, Secretary; Leslie Swagger, Club Liaison; Babette Overman, 1st Vice President
Back row: Cary Yerves, Past President; Tom Walden, Technical Liaison; Karla Smith, Communications Liaison; Stan Boyd, Treasurer; Kim Wood, Media Relations Coordinator; Becky Lipscomb, 2nd Vice President
Interested in assisting NAME in it's mission of promoting miniatures as a hobby? Here are a couple of ways you can help:
Statement of Purpose:
The National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) is a non-profit, educational organization whose purpose is to promote miniatures as a distinct art form, to provide education forums on their construction, historical significance and intrinsic value, to preserve unique collections in a miniature museum open to the public (located in Carmel, IN), and to maintain a mutually beneficial network of collectors, crafters, and artisans.
NAME is proud to be
- A Patron of the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel, IN
- A Sponsor of the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, & Toys
- A Patron of the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City
- A Supporting member of Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis
- A member of IGMA (International Guild of Miniature Artisans)
- A Carmel Arts & Design District Business Association member
- A Patron of the Mini Time Museum in Tucson, Arizona
- A member of CIMTA (Cottage Industry Miniaturists Trade Association, Inc.)
- A Supporter of Real Good Toys Dollhouse for a Cause program